Jazz It Up Philly Live at The Prime Rib Starring Eddie Bruce
Event on 2015-09-01 18:30:00
Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m. Jazz It Up Productions, proudly presents a spectacular evening of live jazz entertainment starring Eddie Bruce and featuring 12 other local jazz artists at The Prime Rib, Zagat's #1 rated steakhouse in Philadelphia. Dance the night away with all the sophistication and class reminiscent of that supper club era long gone by. Dress to the "nines" and join us for our 3rd Jazz It Up Philly Live. Attendees have two chances to win subscriptions to The Philly POPS 2015/16 season concert season for two, valued over ,000 plus more. Jazz It Up Philly Live will surely be, yet another, sold out event. Dress your best and arrive in style as you walk the red carpet and pose for a professional photo, as Restaurateur Extraordinaire, Garth Weldon welcomes you to The Prime Rib. Be lavishly greeted with a welcome cocktail as butlers hand serve Hors d'oeuvres during our cocktail reception with a jazz pianist performing right from the start. This evening of entertainment and fine dining then continues with a three course dinner including famed dishes such as The Roast Prime Rib Signature amongst other choices, capped with dessert, coffee and tea. All this comes with music direction by Tim Brey, as you experience jazz performances by local up and coming , as well as seasoned jazz artist right here from the Philadelphia area, all while professional dance performances scattered throughout the evening. Starring Eddie Bruce Eddie Bruce is a natural performer – he always has been. Whether he’s getting raves for his performances (“Eddie Bruce Triumphs” – talkinbroadway.com) or his latest CD (“wonderful” – bistroawards.com), nothing makes Eddie happier than performing for a crowd. From singing in clubs and cabarets to being an experienced TV and radio personality, Eddie Bruce combines all his experiences and wraps them in a glorious package of the consummate entertainer who instantly engages audiences. Eddie’s cabaret career has kept him busy these past few years, performing in New York, Philadelphia, New Hope and debuting in Los Angeles. He was honored to get rave reviews for his performances at Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room in New York and to break the box office record at Morgan’s Cabaret in Philadelphia’s famed Prince Music Theater with his tribute show to Tony Bennett. He recently appeared at New York’s 54 Below and the Rrazz Room in New Hope PA. He also just completed a 4 concert run headlining at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City where he performed 4 unique shows covering Broadway, Sinatra, Bennett and much more. He has performed for the Ocean City Pops and Eddie made his debut with the Philly Pops last year. Always complimented for his engaging style with audiences, in Cabaret Scenes, the critic wrote, “Eddie Bruce has great talent for entertaining his audience. He’s a natural. You warm to him immediately. He’s funny and has a beautiful voice.” And, it’s not surprising because he’s been one of the most popular bandleaders and master of ceremonies in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. The Eddie Bruce Orchestra is a Philadelphia Institution. Performing for thousands of wonderful parties and galas for over 35 years this wonderful ensemble has pleased audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Over this time period Eddie Bruce and his Orchestra have performed at almost every major Gala in the area including The World Premiere opening of the Kimmel Center, the renowned Academy Ball as well as the Rittenhouse Ball on the Square. This versatile ensemble is able to move from musical genre to genre with ease from the society two-beat to the most contemporary Top 40 with great authenticity. Be part of the Masterpiece of Live Event Art Award-winning painter Katherine Gressel returns and has been commissioned to capture the excitement and all the action in a live painting. Watch Katherine as she captures the moment and recreates this spectacular evening on a 20×24 stretched canvas. One lucky bid winner will not only be able to call it their own, but will be invited back to a special signing night at The Prime Rib with all 20 of the Jazz artists signing the back of this magnificent original painting. MUSIC DIRECTOR – TIM BREY Tim Brey is a young in-demand pianist committed to keeping jazz fresh and relevant in an evolving, modern musical climate. This mindset has made him a premier jazz solo pianist, bandleader, and sideman. Tim Brey, who graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Jazz Piano, said this of his Katz Scholarship: “I’ve been playing piano most of my life, and my growing passion for jazz in high school led me to Temple University. On a social level, I had the opportunity to meet past Katz scholars and hear about their experiences post-graduation. I have learned a great deal about music as well as making a career in the world of jazz from being a part of this group.” Tim has had the privilege of performing with such greats as Mike Boone, Joanna Pascale, Terell Stafford, John Swana, and many more. He has extensive knowledge of the Great American Songbook and Jazz It Up Productions is proud to have him serving as the music director of this exciting new musical experience in Philly. See Tim Brey's Jazz It Up Philly Trio members below. FEATURED ARTIST – Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society are a jazz band from the city of Philadelphia. "I will never forget the night I walked into the Ruba Club in downtown Philadelphia. It was like stepping back in time. It was the night I met Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society." Michael Males, MyRuralRadio.com Led by the accomplished pianist, trumpeter and singer, Drew Nugent, the band has been together for over seven years now. It has made quite a name for itself not only in Philly, but on the entire East Coast as one of the leading ensembles in the jazz vein for traditional, or HOT, jazz. This is what one could call the original jazz music. It lasted in popularity from roughly 1897- 1935 and was sadly thrown by the wayside in the wake of the swing music surge. The height of this musical phenomenon took place in the 1920s, The Jazz Age. For decades this music lie dormant, but here, almost 100 years later, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society play these tunes as if they were written yesterday. Some even were! That's because Drew Nugent himself, is a song writer in this style of music, and from time to time you will catch him and the boys playing one of Nugent's own works. Anam Owili-Eger Anam dreamed of becoming an astronomer. Instead, he evolved into a "jazz-soul dreamboat" (A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia City Paper) whose musings on everything from loneliness and love to paranoia and politics have led to acclaim as "one of the best new songwriters of the past 10 years". Armed with both "a pure, soulful voice that immediately resonates" (Lior Shamir, Singer/Songwriter Awards) and an idiosyncratic approach to the piano, London's heralded Straight No Chaser magazine lauded Anam's music in their Spring 2007 issue. Anam’s song, “The Moment,” was subsequently featured on several programs, including Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide International program, BBC Radio 1xtra, and Toronto’s Higher Ground program, which named it a top song of 2008. Suzanne Sheer Suzanne Sheer has a way of interpreting life with such a refreshingly truthful and honest flare. As a young up-and-coming artist, Suzanne has proven herself to be a true “old soul” singer/songwriter in every sense of the word. With musicality beyond her years, she seamlessly offers a neo-soul/jazz sound, incorporating fantastic lyrical imagery in every aspect of her work; a tone sure to melt the heart. We had the pleasure of featuring her at the premiere of Jazz It Up Philly in November 2014 where she brought the house to a complete hush. Rocco Fiorentino When meeting 18 year old Rocco Fiorentino, it's easy to be captivated by his positive outlook on life and his warm, outgoing personality. It's just as impressive to listen to him sing and play piano, perhaps a recent jazz composition he wrote. And, it's wonderful to know that this young person, who is blind due to premature birth, is an award-winning advocate for all children who are blind or visually impaired. http://www.musicbyrocco.com/ Michael Andrews Michael Andrews has a deep, rich and resonant vocal instrument and a way with a song that recalls some of the greatest vocalists in the history of jazz and blues. He loves to work classics from the American Songbook, and easily conjures up the spirits of Billy Eckstine, Big Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman and others from an earlier era. He has performed with the U.S. Air Force Band, Tops in Blue, The Philadelphia Clef Club Big Band, The American Cabaret Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), and has also appeared as a musical guest on Philadelphia's NBC-10. Kevin Ripley Kevin Ripley, a Philadelphia born drummer and composer, began playing the drums at age ten. He attended Bucks County Community College, studying jazz performance on drums and piano. Currently, Kevin professionally performs all over the Philadelphia area, as well as New Jersey and New York City. He leads his own trio every other Thursday at Deanna's in Lambertville, NJ. Kevin is known for his distinctive musical, melodic and intense approach to the drum set and composes unique original music, drawing inspiration from a vast array of influences. Part of Tim Brey's Jazz It Up Philly Trio. Justin Sekelewski Justin Sekelewski, a high demand sideman in Philadelphia and surrounding east coast cities, has performed with many notable jazz musicians. He has played at festivals such as The Detroit Jazz Festival and The Hague Jazz Festival in Amsterdam. Justin has performed in venues such as the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chris' Jazz Cafe and Ortliebs Jazzhaus. Justin, is an instructor with the jazz combos at the University of Pennsylvania, and maintains a private studio of acoustic and electric bass students. He is the featured bassist on the debut recording with Najwa Parkins and the After Hours trio “Not The Next Someone Else”. Part of Tim Brey's Jazz It Up Philly Trio. Katherine Gressel's love of sharing her painting process with event guests is a natural extension of her background in public art and art education. In addition to painting events live since 2008, Katherine has exhibited and worked in NYC galleries, and received grants to paint murals and curate contemporary art exhibitions in NYC and abroad. She has run arts education programs and consulted for such nonprofit art organizations as Smack Mellon Gallery, FIGMENT NYC, Creative Time, Groundswell Mural Project, Americans for the Arts, and No Longer Empty. Katherine received her BA in painting with honors from Yale University and MA in arts management from Columbia University. Associated Artist Links: Eddie Bruce – http://www.eddiebruce.com/ Katherine Gressel – http://www.eventpaintingbykatherine.com/ Sponsoring Partners Host Venue – The Prime Rib – http://www.theprimerib.com/ Photography – Bruce Productions – http://www.BruceProductions.com Web Design & Printing – Mirror Image – http://www.NewMirrorImage.com Public Relations – Sharla Feldscher Public Relations – http://www.sf-pr.com Sound – Chris Sannino – http://sanninoproductions.com/ Beverage – Capital Distributors – *Note: Performers and Line up schedule subject to change at the descrecion of Jazz It Up Productions.
at Radisson Plaza- Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
1701 Locust Street
Philadelphia, United States